I have discovered that the symbol font does not render reliably in
browsers. Only one of my audience (of about a dozen people) could see
the font properly, in a variety of browsers. The one who could is
using Firefox, and I have not been able to determine what makes this
one special -- I do not have access to that machine to check out
I have a very simple HTML example at
http://www.kosmanor.com/~kevin/symbol.html. By rights it should show
"The quick brown fox" transliterated into greek letters. On most
browsers set up for English, it seems to come out in latin letters,
but there are no latin letter in that font, although these same
browsers honor requests for a variety of other fonts. This is true
even on some machines that definitely have the symbol font, and it's
usable in word processing documents.
Of course, that sample page is ancient HTML, but the problem first
surfaced in HTML email being received on a much more sophisticated
page by Yahoo Mail.
There's a lot I don't know about character encodings, i18n and the
rest, but this still seems discrimination against the symbol font.
Any clues out there?
Kevin O'Gorman, PhD